Thursday, 27 December 2012

DANIEL BRUSH: Blue Steel Gold Light

Daniel Brush Second Dome 1983-1989

Over the past 40 years, Daniel Brush has created an oeuvre unparalleled in contemporary American art—from large-scale painted canvases to gold-domed containers encrusted with gold granules so miniscule they must be fused with microscopic precision. Daniel Brush: Blue Steel Gold Light, opened October 16, 2012, brings together for the first time works from throughout Brush’s career, including examples of his poetic paintings and drawings, a selection of his most significant steel and gold wall sculptures, jewelry made from plastic, aluminum, steel, and precious gems, and some of his earliest gold-granulated objects. The exhibition will be installed on MAD’s second-floor galleries—the first time a single living artist has commanded that entire floor, which includes the Tiffany and Co. Foundation Jewelry Gallery—and will remain on view until February 17, 2013.

Daniel Brush Gold Heart 2003
He does not have a dealer and never has done a straight commission. Many who visit his workshop leave empty handed because he requires a personal "connection" with those who acquire his pieces!
Daniel Brush at Siegelson

Saturday, 15 December 2012

BIJOUX ET PIERRES PRECIEUSES: Bijouterie et Joaillerie ART DECO, 1925 l'Apogée.

This is a great article! Love the pics!

BIJOUX ET PIERRES PRECIEUSES: Bijouterie et Joaillerie ART DECO, 1925 l'Apogée.: Pendule Carpe de Cartier en Jade Cristal de roche, nacre, émail  rouge, base en onyx corail et or 1925 Le mouvement Art Déco débute...

Monday, 10 December 2012

AUCTION REVIEW: the unique jewelry collection of the Late Michael Wellby

Sandoz, Art Nouveau Brooch/Pendant in enamel and turquoises

For a jewelry collector in London, yesterday was one of the busiest sundays of the year as auction houses put their best shows on to help the public find special Christmas presents. The day started with an early 10:30 brunch and private view of the Christie's King St Magnificent Jewels exhibition which features an incredible selection of pieces signed by most of the master jewellers, from Verdura, Van Cleef and Arpels to Cartier, an authentic bling "bash". After a quick view of the Christie's South Kensington sale, we then headed towards Sotheby's in Bond Street for the ultimate jewelry indulgence.

After one year of no jewelry sales in London, Sotheby's come back could not have been better, and they went all in for it: champagne, canapés, a jewellery talk by David Bennet about the book he has written with Daniela Mascheti and of course the sale of the private collection of Late Michael Wellby, a famous dealer in german silver.

It is the most special collection that I have ever encounter for sale and it leaves one with a mixed feeling of both joy, at having discovered such amazing pieces, and sadness, at the thought that they will be split and sold separately. The owner and his wife spent over 60 years building up and looking after this collection, I don't know the reason why it is being sold now, but it is a bit of a shame!.

I found it amazing how they managed to condense the last four centuries of the history of jewellery in a little more than 200 pieces without leaving any major period or style out. The most remarkable feature of the collection however, is the consistent search for perfect craftsmanship. One can most definitely tell that each piece has been carefully selected and incorporated into the collection on its own merit. Undoubtedly one of the most special sales that we have seen lately!.

Mid Nineteenth Century Tiara

Saturday, 8 December 2012

A fantastic Emerald Ray Brooch by VERDURA

This a classic Verdura design, the Ray Brooch, from the 1950's. In fact the most popular version (the Knot) of it is displayed in CFJ Gallery by Hancocks. The one above is set with a magnificent cabochon emerald which makes it a unique piece for Verdura; he did not fancy using expensive stones as he wanted his pieces to stand out for their design, in the occasions when he did use very fine gemstones, the work was probably a custom made commission.

The brooch will be auctioned at Christie's King Street on December 12th. After New York and Bonhams London last week, this coming one we have two very special sales in London, Besides Christie's South Kensington on monday, Sotheby's on tuesday and Christie's King Street on wednesday with a huge selection of magnificent pieces!. And tomorrow morning... private view over brunch, could it be better?.

Fulco Verdura was born in 1898 in Palermo. At the age of 21, he inherited his family fortune and spent it over six years enjoying life at the centre of Europe's high society. In 1926 he went to Paris to work for Coco Chanel as a textile designer and almost immediately after he joined he redesigned all her personal jewellery, which was a great collection of gifts by her lovers, the Duke of Westminster and the Russian Grand Duke Dmitri amongst others. So Verdura became Chanel's head Jewellery designer for a number of years until he decided to move to New York and start his own business. He opened his own business in a very personal way; he only designed and manufactured pieces for the people he liked. He focused on design rather than on showing expensive stones, yet his pieces are always exuberant. Today one can still have the experience of exclusivity in the personal way that he lived and sold his creations by visiting a recreation of his apartment in the 12th floor of a magnificent New York skyscraper at 745, 5th Avenue.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

VAN CLEEF and ARPELS: record prices on Art Deco pieces at Bonhams

Van Cleef and Arpels breaks records and makes history. The brooch above sold today at Bonhams Bond Street, London for more than one million pounds. It features a typical Art Deco design set in different cut diamonds alternated in geometrical fashion and two very important drop pendants, an emerald and a natural pearl. The piece is huge and incredibly beautiful, undoubtedly one of the best examples of VCA Art Deco. Worthy of a collector!.

The other two pieces, are a set of ring and bracelet in emerald cut diamonds and burmese rubies. The central ruby in the ring, although less than three carats in weight is spectacular. The laboratory certificate did not qualify it as pigeon blood colour but to my humble eye it could not be otherwise. I loved the rubies, however the most remarkable feature of these pieces is their design; pure simplicity, magnificent Art Deco examples from not only a master jeweller but also a master stone setter. The pieces have been sold for more than ten their estimate.